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The New York Times: Complete Civil War, 1861-1865 (Book & CD) Hardcover – October 13, 2010
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About the Author
Harold Holzer is one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. He has published over thirty books, including "The New York Times" Complete Civil War (Black Dog and Leventhal), and is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Lincoln Prize and the National Humanities Medal. He lectures widely, appears on television frequently, and has written for the New York Times, American Heritage, and America’s Civil War. Most recently he served as co-chair of the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and is senior vice president for external affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Find him online at www.haroldholzer.com.
Top Customer Reviews
On the other hand, if you want to know details of battles and campaigns, one will not be so satisfied--but that is not what this book is about. The coverage of the fighting at Forts Henry and Donelson, for instance, is rather brief and sketchy. On the other hand, the reader gets a sense of the sometimes confusing and contradictory stories from the front that Americans were reading in this newspaper.
The CD helps supplement the book. At one point, a Times story refers to the Union victory at Pea Ridge. There is no reference in the book to that strange battle, but there are a series of newspaper articles from March 12-March 23, 1862 that provide many details of the engagement.
It is interesting to get the Times' take on the status and conduct of the war, its judgment of generals, politicians, and the issues of the day. The reader develops a greater sensitivity to the context in which the war took place. It is also interesting to observe that reporters did not write stories objectively, but would often express their own views on matters.
All in all, a valuable historical resource.
The editors have chosen the most important articles for the book. This is a large coffee table size book with numerous illustrations. The book can be a sit and read or a pickup and browse item. It will make a great gift for anyone interested in history or a fan of the Times. A detailed Chronology of each year is included as is an index.
The biggest value might be the DVD-ROM with "every single article" the Times published during this time. Presented as a searchable or readable unit, it allows you to see what is reported as events occurred. The paper's date gives us an idea of how long it took to reach print. I have spent more time with this item than with reading the book. Take an hour, read about the Battle of Gettysburg and the draft riot in the city. This is what the people knew about these events at the time. In addition, you will see the amount of bad information the public had during the war.
In addition to war coverage, you will be able to "see" New York City in the 1860s. This very well done handsome book will provide hours of enjoyment and information.
The reliance on telegraph messages to send the news was also quite limiting as battle results written about were sometimes quite wrong after the battles were over.
The writing style and the size of the print makes for slow reading but then I take more time, while resting my eyes, to reflect and wonder about what I have read.
It is also interesting to see that many of the issues which caused the Civil War were never completely resolved by the war's end. States Rights still drives much of today's political disagreements and while there is no more slavery,the achievement of peoples civil rights has been laboriously slow to evolve. And prejudice is still much stronger than we seem to think it should be.
This book is a wonderful and useful addition to my personal Civil War library.